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Paddling Galveston's Backside - San Luis Pass Double-Cross

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM
Put in on Christmas Bay at the north end of Brazoria Co. Road 257S, off Brazoria Co. Road 257.
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell)
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required by June 1, 2018
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants must wear a PFD. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
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Get your booties out and join us for a  Level 2   15 mile backside paddle at a pace about 3 mph. We will do some optional rescue practice at our lunch stop. Spray skirts will be required, which means a club history of a good wet exit.

Please arrive at 9:00 am to paddle out at 9:30. We will paddle from the north (bay) end of Brazoria County Road 257S, off the Bluewater Highway, which is Brazoria County Road 257. Road 257S is about 3.5 miles southwest of the San Luis Pass bridge and about 10 miles northeast of Surfside. It's a pretty long drive from everywhere, so check your drive time and leave extra. There may or may not be a porta-potty at the put-in, likely a 2-star.

Our crack team of cheeky paddlers will traverse Cold Pass eastward to San Luis Pass County Park, then cross San Luis Pass to Galveston County, well inside the bridge to avoid possible rough water underneath. We will have some ocean swell and wind chop, depending. Tide will be gently ebbing all day. With luck, we will have a little wind on our tails. When we are exactly halfway tired, we will find a lunch stop on the Galveston bayshore and do some optional towing and assisted rescue practice in the bay. That mastered, we will expend the other half of our energy retracing our path to the start. We could face a little ebb current in Cold Pass.

This will be a fairly long tiring day. On each leg of the trip, we will find a place to bend over and stretch. Most important is plenty of water and sun protection. Bring a lunch, hat, extra clothing, and keep a rain jacket handy. Bring whatever you have of the following: spray skirt, paddle float, pump, radio, sling, tow belt, spare paddle, short tow, cell phone in a dry bag.

Lat-lon of the put-in is  29° 2'55.94"N; 95° 9'54.66"W

Subject to change due to wind or other conditions, our planned clockwise route is depicted below.

Cold Pass San Luis Pass



Trip Leader             

Carl Kuhnen

Trip Assistants 
HASK Trip Ratings*

Gene Toomey, Karen Newcomb, Bob Krogman, Donna Kouwe, Robert Rollen
Level 2

Ready to Launch at     


Duration (hours         

6 hours 

Paddling Miles


Emergency Initiator

Linda Kuhnen   713-444-6727

Emergency Phone Numbers

Latest Expected Return Date/Time

911, Galveston Co Sheriff 409-766-2322
Brazoria Co. Sheriff 979-849-2441, US Coast Guard  409-766-4789   June 2 @ 6:30 PM

Auto Description/License#

Contact at Launch Site (opt)                  

Distance from Downtown Houston        

Green (teal) Honda CRV     FWC 6215

3rd Party fees (camping, etc.)



* Trip ratings are only a guide.  Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather.



This is an ACA sanctioned event. Every participant must wear a PFD and sign a HASK/ACA Waiver. 

Waivers - Please complete our easy to use online waiver if you are a HASK member who has not signed a waiver within the last 12 months or a non- HASK participant. Read the waiver carefully.  You give up substantial rights when you sign it.

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  • You will receive a confirmation email. Please download and print a copy of the waiver and bring it to the trip put-in. 


Guests – You are welcome to join us for a couple of paddle trips.  HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.